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    Sorry didnt mean to ruffle feathers. I been playing with importing LOR sequences over into my AL stuff to look at other's works via LSP and in the sequences that shimmer has fully imported and looks as intended on a LOR system, and looks here exactly like it did in the video. Maybe its just a personal opinion, but I dont like the look of the LOR shimmer here. Sorry I brought it up, I did like very much ALL of the effects and fan in the video, just I hate to say it but the LOR shimmer on steroids in video or in person just has the vertigo effect on me. I think when you put LED lights on the shimmer, it shimmers even stronger then it would on incandescent lights for example.

    Ok you were talking about the shimmer. Yeah I don't use it much either. It is alittle too blinky. You kind of made it sound like you were talking about his sequencing in general. I have seen some displays that use the shimmer too much and you feel like you are going to have a seizure.:D

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    Ok you were talking about the shimmer. Yeah I don't use it much either. It is alittle too blinky. You kind of made it sound like you were talking about his sequencing in general. I have seen some displays that use the shimmer too much and you feel like you are going to have a seizure.:D

    Yes Nothing else about the sequence was a problem for me but that Shimmer... I hate that shimmer and cant think of any place I would ever use it. On sequences I imported first thing I had to do is replace the shimmer or get rid of it for something else. Not everything imports over to AL with the original LOR name. Not sure how LOR works but speed of all flickers, shimmers, etc are programmable on AL so they I think convert LOR shimmers to something else and adjust the AL speed and it ends up looking identical to the original on LOR. Now if I am "into" lights and blinking and program them all the time and I am getting vertigo from the hyper blinky shimmer, I know visitors to my display would have problems with it for sure. Not only that but we know those who are vulnerable to seizures, its the faster blinks that run the risk for those people, so slowing down the blink rates makes your display safer for epileptics.

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    I don't know if you have seen them in action but here is a video of a guys house not far from me. They look much better in person. They show up about a minute in.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTDTKn2zJwQ

    THAT is one of the best displays I've seen. Really well done. And, if he is not far from Shaun, I can't believe he does "warm weather type things" like flakes on the roof and lights on the ground. Very well done.

    Do we know if he is on PC?

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    THAT is one of the best displays I've seen. Really well done. And, if he is not far from Shaun, I can't believe he does "warm weather type things" like flakes on the roof and lights on the ground. Very well done.

    Do we know if he is on PC?

    He is not on PC. I have talked to him and he is one, too busy, and two he doesn't seem like the online type of person. I have tried inviting him to the Wi mini and he said he might not come. He is a real nice guy though. I heard he might not do his display anymore or might at least take a break. He has major traffic issues because he lives on a cul-de-sac.

    The snowflakes and MC sign you couldn't see very well because of the snow but the lawn lights are elevated so they don't get covered up.

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    THAT is one of the best displays I've seen. Really well done. And, if he is not far from Shaun, I can't believe he does "warm weather type things" like flakes on the roof and lights on the ground. Very well done.

    Do we know if he is on PC?

    Does he have a video of a Motley Crue sequence or was it my imagination?

    The shimmer effect works great for a grand finally.

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    Was looking for new ideas and ran across these.We had four arch's in the display this year and everyone loved them. Unfortunately my wife looked in and asked how many more controllers do I need to do that when I said three she said I was sick. OK I said can we get them she left the room.

    Glad to see the rest of you are as sick as me. How many more days till the lights go on?

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